The Restigouche CBDC has launched a National employer awareness campaign! HIRE for TALENT- Building an Inclusive Canadian Workforce is a National project that aims to showcase the value that persons with disabilities bring to the workforce, and to increase employer awareness in respect to barriers faced by persons with disabilities when entering the labour market.
According to a study by Statistics Canada in 2015, 55% of 2.3 million Canadians with disabilities aged 25-64 are unemployed.
A recent study by Guelph University found that unemployment rates are twice as high among graduates with disabilities and that those who attain employment earn $4,000 to $6,000 less per year than their peers without disabilities.
The main output of the Hire for Talent project will be a pan-Canadian employer awareness campaign in both official languages. Awareness strategies and informative coaching tools will be developed and hosted on a Web-based Tool Kit. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.
As explained by the project’s coordinator, Jean-Guy Levesque, this project is very important for Canada’s labour market: “We need to recognize that individuals with disabilities bring a variety of skills and abilities to the workforce. By creating employer awareness we can help reduce some of the barriers these individuals face when seeking employment. And at the same time, the project will help small and medium-sized businesses by encouraging economic growth.”
“By funding a project like Hire for Talent, the Government of Canada is demonstrating the importance of helping all workers, including those with disabilities, get the skills and experience they need to make a valuable contribution in the labour market.”, said the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Who is the Restigouche CBDC and what do we do?
Located in Campbellton – New Brunswick, the Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) is part of the Community Futures Network of Canada, a national network of 269 not-for-profit organizations. The Restigouche CBDC delivers programs and services to develop SMEs and entrepreneurship, including small business financing supports, as well as delivering services relating to job search, career orientation, and workplace training such as the new Digital Essential Skills Online Training program.
The Restigouche CBDC has a team of over 20 employees and the organization is managed by a Board of Directors, including volunteers from the local business community.